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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 29, 2004

As the Boston Globe reminds us, 4 years ago the Democratic Party convinced the resident archbishop to say the invocation. This year, apparently, they couldn't find a willing bishop, and had to settle for a Paulist priest.

Ardis has e-mailed Paulist priests around the country seeking input, and also has studied the invocation given by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles at the 2000 Democratic convention. Mahony was criticized by some abortion opponents for addressing the convention; cardinals Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago and John J. O'Connor of New York previously had declined invitations to speak at Democratic conventions.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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